Nats try to confuse between churn & real job growth

Written By: - Date published: 10:23 am, February 29th, 2012 - 17 comments
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There are quarter of a million jobless people. In a typical quarter, about 250,000 people start new jobs. Does that mean we can eliminate joblessness in a quarter? Of course not, but that’s what National is telling you when they rabbit on about there being 10,000 jobs on Trademe.

The Nats are trying to confuse churn for net gain. Just as new jobs are being created and vacancies open up every day, so jobs are eliminated and vacated all the time. This is the normal churn of things as Kiwis change jobs an average of once every two years. To get joblessness and benefit numbers down you need a net increase in jobs.

And National has failed to deliver that according to the Linked Employer-Employee Dataset, which tracks job entries and exits –

National wants to look at just one half of the equation – the number of worker accessions. But that rather misses the bigger picture, eh? It’s the same thing when Bennett says ‘10,000 people came off the dole last month’ but fails to mention the 11,000 who went on it.

There were a net 41,000 fewer jobs at the end of 2010 compared to 2008, according to the LEED. That’s pretty similar to the decrease in the number of jobs between when Key came to power in 2008 and now, according to the National Employment Indicator – so the situation hasn’t dramatically improved in the last year.

So, it’s all very well for Key and Bennett to say ‘there’s 10,000 jobs on Trademe’. I should bloody well hope there are because we need that level of churn just to stay in one place. But, if we are really to see a reduction in the number of people jobless and on benefits, up 60,000 and 80,000 respectively since National came to power, then we’ll need a lot more than 10,000 jobs advertised at a given point in time.

And we’ll need a government committed to job creation, not silly statistical games.

17 comments on “Nats try to confuse between churn & real job growth”

  1. vto 1

    ” when Bennett says ’10,000 people came off the dole last month’ but fails to mention the 11,000 who went on it.” …….. it is called wilful deceit.

    Liars.

    Trying to deceive the people of New Zealand.

  2. Dv 2

    I have got to try that on my bank.

    What do you mean i have got to put down my expenditure as well to get the mortage!

  3. Tombstone 3

    And we need National supporters to pull their heads out of their arses and start being realistic about the halve truths being touted by the likes of Bennett and Key. Let’s also not forget that many of those job vacancies being factored into the listed job numbers are in fact ‘ghost jobs’ – nonexistent jobs being advertised by the many employment agencies out there who just want to lure you in so they get your name on their books in case an actual job does materialize and they can call on you. Take those ‘ghost jobs’ out the equation and the number of real job vacancies will drop dramatically. Labour need to expose these flaws in National’s number crunching.

    • RedLogix 3.1

      Let’s also not forget that many of those job vacancies being factored into the listed job numbers are in fact ‘ghost jobs’ – nonexistent jobs being advertised by the many employment agencies out there who just want to lure you in so they get your name on their books in case an actual job does materialize and they can call on you.

      Or the fact that many jobs finish up being advertised several times by multiple agencies….

      • aerobubble 3.1.1

        The skill shortage did not go away, as many with skills seek better pay in OZ anyway. So its pretty basic business to advertize ghost positions just in case they nab a good employee (who is disenchanted with their present employer). The real question is where is the jobs growth coming from Bennett and Key are eluding too. Anyone with sense knows Key is against a Green Job recovery.

      • tc 3.1.2

        Bingo….most jobs in IT are listed about 5-7 times and even then they often don’t exist as the employers ‘testing the waters’, ‘realigned the expectation’, ‘changed focus’….employment agencies get shonkier by the year

      • RedLogix 3.1.3

        Or they are just going through the motions of ‘externally advertising’ a role that they already have an internal candidate lined up for….

        • tc 3.1.3.1

          It’s all about going through the charade that this job is ‘open’ when it’s gone internally or to a mate/member of that particular club.

          Seen an SOE stack selection panels to ensure the ‘right’ candidate is chosen….an expensive farce, especially when other candidates are clearly superior the reasons given for dropping the non-contenders were f’n hilarious. Some managers specilaise in sitting on these panels fying about troughing it all the way.

    • Vicky32 3.2

      Let’s also not forget that many of those job vacancies being factored into the listed job numbers are in fact ‘ghost jobs’ – nonexistent jobs being advertised by the many employment agencies out there who just want to lure you in so they get your name on their books in case an actual job does materialize and they can call on you.

      Exactly! And then, as I see RedLogix says below, duplicates and triplicates! In remember having applied for a job once through an agency, talking to the woman  on the phone, hearing her say “Just a moment” and then her coming back to tell me the job was gone. I asked her to explain, and she told me that her agency had seen the job on SEEK, and had advertised it themselves in the hope that the employer would see candidates that her agency referred! It worked sometimes, she told me, and her agency got paid by the employer, rather than the agency the employer had originally listed with. This time it had failed to work, the agency who’d originally been contracted to fill the vacancy had succeeded. The agency I was dealing with never had had the job and so should not have advertised it!
      I see now, that many SEEK and TradeMe vacancies say “No agencies please” below their “apply” link.

  4. Clashman 4

    I have looked for work on Trademe and there are alot of instances of multiple listings for the same job.

    • Colonial Viper 4.1

      And old listings already filled.

    • Draco T Bastard 4.2

      Multiple listings for the same job and several that aren’t actually jobs but fishing exercises by labour hire firms to a) get names on their list and b) see how little people are willing to work for.

    • David 4.3

      I’ve been doing this for a few years now….on TradeMe and on Seek.

      Jobs can be listed by multiple “agencies”.
      Jobs can be listed again due to no suitable applicants (and as listing cost is less than labour cost of searching through several hundred CV’s).
      Jobs can be listed for internal promotions due to weird company rules/procedures.
      Jobs can be listed, and then company decides not to fill position.
      Jobs may be “ghost jobs” by agencies fishing for people.
      Jobs may actually be for another country (normally Australia or USA).

      So, using a count of jobs advertised on TradeMe or Seek or anywhere else, is really just plain dumb.

  5. deemac 5

    having recently applied for numerous part time jobs, I know they are like gold dust. Over 100 people applied for the last vacancy I went for. And I live in Wellington – the chance of being the lucky applicant outside the big centres must be like winning lotto. It is just cruel to pretend that these jobs exist in the numbers required to make a dent in the unemployment stats.

    • David 5.1

      Only 100 competitiors for the job. You did well. I regularly got 200 competitors over here in the BOP, with the highest being 600. The local new Spotlight store interviewed over 1,000 people, and who knows how many thousand didn’t make it to that stage…..

  6. QoT 6

    Of course not, but that’s what National is telling you when they rabbit on about there being 10,000 jobs on Trademe.

    Oh gods do not get me started on this one again. I’m still pissed off at Patrick Gower falling for that bullshit – really showed up who hadn’t had to actively seek work in a while …

  7. Hami Shearlie 7

    Paula’s hypocrisy is astounding. Now, she states she went back on the DPB because she was exhausted with two part time jobs. She only had one child (and we all know how that turned out), so how is it that she expects women with multiple children to work full time when the youngest is 14? Won’t they get exhausted too? Won’t their kids ever get sick? Sorry I forgot, they don’t count. Paula’s changed all the rules, and aint it interesting to now find out she got a government loan to buy a house in Taupo when she was only a teenager? But can anyone on DPB get that now, no, Paula’s choked off that little lifeline too. And I wonder, what will all the kids who are teenagers be getting up to in the house, or out of it, while Mum is working? Never mind, if they get into trouble the Nacts will simply say it was down to bad parenting. And of course, the mother will be blamed if any crime is committed. These mothers have no-one to share the burden of parenthood with, and no-one to lean on in times of trouble!! But then, no doubt Paula thinks she got all the perks because she was more worthy!!

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